Gates Foundation Funds Online Game to Increase Farming Knowledge

ImageClaiming to increase access of agricultural knowledge, the Gates foundation has funded a new online video game, Farm Defenders. The game is a 3D farm stimulation “specifically created for people who want to pursue careers in economic development.” The Gates Foundation believes Farm Defenders can be used as a teaching tool to encourage players to “become wealthy” by using “modern technology” and “exploiting GM crops” to make a “powerful farm.” However, the online game does not bring awareness about the problems posed by modern ‘industrial’ agriculture. Nor does it indicate why African farmers would be opposed to agricultural initiatives like AGRA which promote GM crops, trap small holder farmers in cyclical debt and increase profits for biotech companies and their subsidiaries. While AGRA Watch supports creative ways to increase access to agricultural knowledge, it is skeptical of Farm Defender’s lack of information on truly agroecological and sustainable farming methods. To learn more or to play the online game, visit www.farmdefenders.org

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